"Harsh, but someone with no sailing experience looking at such a trip is just asking for trouble, the type of trouble that can have more than just material consequences.[/QUOTE]"
Well said and thanks for " putting the skunk on the table".
Reality is a cruel mistress and some of the dreamers need to put the pipe down once in a while to grasp the consequences of tempting fate.
Freedom to wander requires responsibility not to become someone else's problem.